‘The Masked Singer’ Episode eight: Lion & Rabbit Exit the Semi-Final


When the groundhog poked its fuzzy little head up in Pennsylvania and it was declared we solely had just a few extra weeks of The Masked Singer left, I didn’t imagine it. For how might this everlasting, televised winter of our collective soul ever actually thaw?

But, lo, youngsters — right here we’re within the penultimate week of the tube’s newest hit actuality singing shebang. Next week is a two-hour double-episode, with a “highway to finals” half and a finale half. Surely, when the mud all settles on this historic leap ahead in popular culture, a gaggle of Emmys will observe and we’ll all imagine in magic as soon as extra.

Until then, make certain there’s sufficient spirit gum holding your wig in place, as a result of Wednesday (February 20) evening sees not one, however two of your disguised favorites carry out their swan songs. Also, Saturday Night Live mainstay Kenan Thompson suspiciously hops networks to choose up visitor panelist duties alongside Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger.  

These are wild days. Read on to see how the semi-final performs out.

Peacock rocks Calvin Harris & Ne-Yo’s “Let’s Go”

If Peacock isn’t Donny Osmond, I’ll eat my distant management. This time round, he makes reference to his followers by calling them his “little troopers of affection" — which, to me, is one more reference to Osmond’s 1989 chart smash “Soldier Of Love.”

His tune selection for the semi-final is the Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo collab “Let’s Go.” This looks as if an excellent time to level out that I’ve a reasonably kickass Calvin Harris playlist on Spotify known as “Calvin Harris’ Butt.” Get at me and observe, elegant youngsters.

After Donnycock’s tune and dance, Kenan exclaims, “Yo! What is going on in right here? There’s a peacock on stage and he simply destroyed it.”

Monster croons Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”

Now, everybody, I do know what you’re considering: A scholar of The Masked Singer akin to myself certainly should be up on all of the guessing video games, the spoilers, the gossip du jour concerning this positive program. But, nay — I keep away from such frippery. I select to stay within the second. I would like surprises.

So this could be outdated information to all of you, but it surely lastly hits me upon watching Monster’s clues package deal (“I discovered the exhausting manner that it takes only one clip to make you lose your house on this planet,” he laments) and listening to his highly effective vocals tonight that it needs to be Cee Lo Green, who departed The Voice after working into authorized troubles a number of years again.

With nothing however his expertise laid naked on stage as he sings Sam Smith tearjerker “Stay With Me,” Monster reduces Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy and a large number of studio viewers members to tears.

Ken Jeong declares, “For me, you’re the frontrunner of this!”

Jenny wonders if Monster is Calvin Harris. Oh, sweetie. Looks like somebody must hearken to Calvin Harris’ Butt.

Lion makes an attempt Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing”

Given the earlier Hailey, Idaho and Empire references, I’d already zeroed in on Rumer Willis hiding beneath Lion’s mane. Another apparent giveaway that each single panelist misses tonight is the USC banner in Lion’s clues package deal. Granted, Rumer solely attended one semester on the Los Angeles college, however what a wonderful semester it undoubtedly was!

Lion doesn’t precisely wow along with her rendition of Stevie Wonder’s 1973 Innervisions traditional “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing,” so when the sound surprisingly cuts out on my tv simply earlier than her efficiency ends, I’m not too bothered. I do know the place it’s all main for this huge cat, anyway: a one-way ticket again to Chicago.

Rabbit performs it secure with The Temptations’ “My Girl”

Did I point out that I even have a reasonably candy Spotify playlist known as *NSYNC Sandwich? All true, readers.

Rabbit drops an ideal clue tonight together with his reference to *NSYNC’s rendition of “Trashin’ The Camp,” from the 1999 Disney animated model of Tarzan. Duh. I imply, who doesn’t get that absolutely apparent reference? Anyone? No?

Moving on, that is the blandest Rabbit efficiency we’ve seen. Nicole Scherzinger agrees, whereas Kenan thinks the thriller hare is Nick Lachey, and Ken wonders if it might be Kevin Richardson.

Wrong boy band, gents. WRONG BOY BAND.

Bee belts Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”

Bee goes to win this factor, isn’t she? But let me remind you, youngsters — who was it that first introduced the concept everybody’s favourite, buzzy soul queen on this present might be Chaka Khan? That’s proper: me. Who gave the clue the opposite week that she has 10 Grammys? Bee. And who dropped a model new album mere days in the past? None aside from Ms. Chaka.

Bee admits in her clues package deal that she’s been giving “combined messages” as to her identification — in different phrases, additionally dropping Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle hints. She tears by means of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by her “good good friend,” Aretha Franklin.

Despite admitting to her workouts in misdirection, Kenan believes Bee is Gladys Knight. Ken remains to be harping on about how he thinks Bee is Anita Baker. None of those folks deserve paychecks.

Eliminated: It’s time for Rumer to move again to the Empire set, as a result of Lion is the primary animal to get run out of the dominion within the semi-final. She’s adopted by Rabbit, who’s revealed to be Joey Fatone.

Admittedly, I completely acquired that one fallacious, considering all alongside that Rabbit was JC Chasez. But, hey — *NSYNC Sandwich, everybody.